At the Munich Security Conference, former US Secretary of Defense William Cohen calls for cessation of hostilities in Syria, proposes creation of a “safe zone” and rebuts European perceptions that the US is disengaged.
Turkey is waging a targeted war against Kurds in Syria and journalists who criticize it are being arrested. Meanwhile, NATO allies and Russia are all burying their heads in the sand, says Baha Gungor.
Turkey's offensive against US-allied militias in the Afrin region of northern Syria is putting NATO in a difficult position. As tensions between the NATO allies escalate, analysts wonder how far Ankara is prepared to go.
The US has classified China and Russia as its main military competitors in a strategy document. Moscow has dismissed Washington's defense policy as "imperialist," while China said it represented a "Cold War mentality."
The terrorist organization "Islamic State" has largely been defeated in a military sense. But its ideologies live on, for example, in children who grew up under its regime. Other challenges remain as well.
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